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|Born||Frederick Christopher Kwabena Gyearbuor Asante
4 November 1941
|Died||2 August 2000
|Known for||Matthew in Desmond's|
Frederick Christopher Kwabena Gyearbuor Asante (4 November 1941 – 2 August 2000) was a Ghanaian actor best remembered for his role in the Channel 4 situation comedy Desmond's, in which he played the role of Gambian mature student Matthew.
Life and career
Born in Accra, Asante moved to the United Kingdom in 1967 and trained to be an actor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. A "Gyearbuor Asante Prize for Acting" was subsequently instituted at the academy following his death. He appeared in a number of British TV shows during the 1970s and '80s, where he was billed as Christopher Asante. His credits included episodes of Space: 1999, Mind Your Language, Hazell and The Professionals as well as a TV performance of Ubu Roi in 1976. He also played the minister in the 1983 film Local Hero.
He returned to his birthplace Ghana in 1995 where he was made a Cultural Ambassador. He died in the capital city of Accra with his funeral held in his ancestral village of Tafo [Kwahu] in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
- The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977) - African Delegate
- The Dogs of War (1980) - Geoffrey
- Local Hero (1983) - Rev Macpherson
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